Minutes

     

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
RIT AAUP
DATE: 12:00PM - 1:00 PM Friday, March 16th, 2012
LOCATION: SAU CCL Reading Room

MINUTES:
Officers in attendance: Tom Policano, Jack Beck, Aaron McGowan, Heidi Nickisher

CALL TO ORDER           

GENERAL INFO
Follow up on Rich Monikowsi’s email about adjunct lecturers; President Policano asked Jeffrey Baker to elaborate:  in Fall 2010 survey started à anyone can enter what one makes on Google docs; there’s a spreadsheet there, constantly updated, +/-1200 entries
See http://adjunctproject.com/
President Policano asked:  Where are we on this?  Organized by state but not beyond that.  (RIT can be found under “liberal arts”)
We’ll link to this on rit aaup website, http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/aaup/index.htm
OLD BUSINESS
Under menu, changed “policy and procedures” to policy website, http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/

In looking over website, AAUP is a link on that site!  Not outlaws yet.

Faculty Affairs Committee finally got to give overview at Senate…
Every week that document gets changed.  Actually some inconsistencies there, despite attempt to be coherent – presented nine motions leading to final motion but only went through three and all got tabled or required rewrites from either Exec Comm., Liz Lawley, Carl Lundgren, and Bob Barbato.  Not bad recommendations but would really like to see some incremental progress.  Still, some things eroding, though, and nobody ever calls the motion!  The dialogue is going around and around… 

The addition of senior and principal lecturers to Senate composition erroneously listed as non-voting.  That needs to come back to voting.  Senior/principal lecturers can’t vote at university level?  Needs to be clarified. 

Also argument over representation at Senate: two members for up to 30 faculty in a college; 1 member more for over 30. People don’t want to give an additional member in the old policy until they reach 60 as opposed to 31.  New policy trying to change it to 15; if a college has 16, then it gets a second seat.  But there was reinterpretation of language; you don’t get second person until number of faculty is at 30.  Some colleges might even lose a seat.  But it WILL apply to all colleges:  61+ equals one more again.
Vice President Beck remarked that he was confused by that.

NTID no longer has the highest faculty count anymore (maybe #2?)  Golisano is #1?

President Policano can’t run for senate next year; the only way would be if Faculty Affairs Committee were to elect him as chair.  Is considering running.
Questions about that process?  No.

NEW BUSINESS
Received Lecturers Survey from P. Swartzfager; J. Baker reported that he hadn’t made much progress on adjunct part.  Has to be transcribed into clipboard; P. Swartzfager volunteered to help with that.  President Policano thinks survey shouldn’t go out till B2 governance issues resolved and J. Baker thinks Fall is better for adjuncts anyway.

How many lecturers are aware of what’s going on?

Survey would include a number of links about current and proposed policies…
And yes, we have to have J. Baker’s criteria about adjunct rank!  Hoping to keep that in.  Provost is in favor of ranks for adjuncts and thinks criteria is fair.  What is the criteria?
It is about degrees and experience.  At Monroe Community College (MCC), it is open to negotiation.  Basically, if you do not have a terminal master’s degree, you are an instructor; if you do have a terminal degree, then you are an Asst.  Professor.

President Policano referred to policy in Section E of Governance Policy Library (http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/sectionE/E1.html) that adjunct faculty are given a rank based on standards.  But there was push back from Faculty Affairs Committee, “we don’t do financial stuff”.  But this higher rank deserves higher salary.  Recognizes and rewards education and experience.

Treasurer McGowan asked how does the new hire know?  The response:  Hopefully, part of new hire Orientation!  But McGowan continued; said no one told him.  He only found out because luck would have him sharing an office with former AAUP officer, Jim Aumer. 

It was remarked that J. Baker’s “elegant criteria” could be used in recruiting.  Per J. Baker, though, if you do have salary connected to it, they will have to start giving raises.  Might be some resistance there.

New retirement transition offers commensurate with change to semesters.  President Policano remarked that he thinks there will be a huge flurry across campus to take advantage of new buy-outs.

Vice President Beck asked about adjunct rankings:  will it be Adjunct Asst Prof. and Adjunct Assoc. Prof?  YES.  Do you think there’ll be criticism from tenured/tenure-track faculty about that (given their service and scholarship responsibilities)?  J. Baker responded that MCC makes it very clear that adjunct rank IS NOT equivalent to tenure-track rank and it does not transfer automatically if one is offered a tenure-track position.  In fact, if one were to go to a faculty rank, it could be lower. 

President Policano remarked that he would add that distinction. 

At MCC it’s in the union contract.  RIT has it, too, but it is not assigned consistently.  Vice President Beck remarked that he is on a search committee and comes across adjunct rank on CVs.  Needs to be clarified!

In Senate deliberations, a point was made about lecturers on Senate.  Maybe lecturers aren’t aware of what’s going on, and since most lecturers wouldn’t know those from other colleges, and would vote for whom they know, then the colleges with the most lecturers would win the seats on Senate.  Right now, CIAS has 13 lecturers, COS 30, NTID 42, and CAST 16.  Maybe there should be something like an Executive Council for lecturers with one representative from each college, sort of like a dean’s council where there are two initially who rotate every two years.

President Policano will add disclaimer in B2 that lecturer representatives must come from different colleges: 2 senior or principal lecturers elected at large, not from the same college.  He also wants to put them in back in as voting.  It was a typo that rendered them as non-voting this last go-around.  Vice President Beck noted that lecturers aren’t going to be happy if the president of Student Government gets to vote but lecturers cannot.

Next meetings:  April 20th and May 11th.

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respectfully submitted by Heidi Nickisher

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